There is no opposition to the development of the Kohl's property itself. The main issue here is the rezoning of an additional 3+ acres of residential property to commercial. Why push a rezoning when numerous other commercial sites are available?
Two prominent areas that come to mind are the vacant Sam's Club off S. Greenbay Road and the old Aldi's complex at 21st and Lathrop Avenue. These good options have space, zoning, infrastructure and no direct competition.
With no guarantees of commitment from Walmart, they won't own the property, they could break the lease and leave an even larger vacant building and surrounding area. This has happened in at least five other communities including Kenosha. Rezoned residential property is lost, never to be returned.
The five year ownership of the Taylor Home complex has failed any expectations, leaving Elmwood Park with a large financial burden of $85,000 every year. The proposed development will not solve this problem, the revenues are just not there.
Our President of the village is gambling to correct this financial drain, but at what cost? Two wrongs don't make a right. Just say no.